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Beautiful Art at the Beautiful Oregon Coast
May is an exciting month at Haystack Gallery as they have three new artists; Melinda Cowdery, Lynn Bishop and Janis Ellison - new oil paintings by Sean Conrad - and new limited edition releases by watercolorist Steve Hanks and sculptor Tim "Frogman" Cotterill.
Melinda Cowdery and Lynn Bishop
Melinda Cowdery and Lynn Bishop have been friends as well as professional artists for 25 years. The whimsical mixed media wall pieces, each hand made in acrylics and fused glass on wood and metal represents their combined efforts.
Melinda Cowdery has been a practicing Oregon artist since 1986, showing her lively watercolors and acrylic paintings in fine art galleries throughout the western United States. She is known best for her lively & colorful bird and animal paintings. Lynn Bishop began her professional career as an oil painter, primarily focusing on landscape and water. Lynn became fascinated with the art of fusing glass, and is best known in this medium. In 2005 she teamed up with Melinda to create beautiful works.
Janis Ellison is a native Californian who found herself living in New Mexico in the mid 1990's. She was drawn to the dramatic landscape of New Mexico and began taking pastel classes from Deborah Christiansen (Secor). Janis found her tribe and painted alongside her friends and mentors in the budding days of the early pastel painters of this century. Her love of nature and the outdoors was a natural companion to her passion for painting plein-air and continual quest to share her view through her paintings.
Sean began his career in San Diego , CA with an education in graphic design and computer animation. After graduation, he worked in graphic design, excited with all the possibilities available to him. He moved to Trinidad , CO to continue fulfilling his newfound dream of becoming a professional artist. Doors opened, and he met, became friends with, and began to study informally with internationally-known artist, Eric Michaels.
Well on his way to a satisfying and successful career in fine art, Sean Conrad has the advantage of age, early wisdom in regard to following one's heart, and a supportive wife and friends. "My hope is to bring God glory in every painting that I create. I'm so thankful that He's blessed me the way He has and allowed me to make a living creating paintings and living this wonderful life of an artist".
was born in Leicester, England, in 1950, and left school at fifteen to complete a six year engineering apprenticeship. This metal-directed education provided a sound base for Tim's subsequent career in the arts. Intrigued with metalworking, Tim moved into the sculpture of radical wheeled vehicles, later finding his peak interest in the design of animals and birds during the 70's and 80's. Over 1000 original steel, bronze, and gold bird sculptures have been sold world wide; many through Sotheby's auction house in London.
Tim's curiosity of the diverse lifestyles in California led to many trips to the USA. Emigrating to California in1990, he exhibited and sold his art all across America. These new high energy surroundings brought out the fun in his art. Time is now fully focused on Frogs. His bronze sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel like quality, and the pure joy of these beautiful little creatures.
The work of Steve Hanks, which almost always features people, reflects a mastery of form and an intricate involvement with color. Highly detailed and realistic, his watercolors urge the viewer to become part of the creative process.
An intense and articulate man, Mr. Hanks is passionate about life; passionate about his art. "I try to capture a certain introspective solitude in my figures," he comments, "and deal with vulnerability that all of us, sometime, feel." It has been said that his subjects are so alive they seem to have been caught poised between heartbeats.
Today, Hanks continues to paint numerous, beautiful works that reflect a mastery of form and an intricate involvement with light. "I like to consider those times when we make life's major decisions, "the artist reflects," when we are alone with our thoughts, when we both confront and challenge ourselves. Everyone, I'm sure, experiences these moments. That's why the people I portray are so often in solitary reflective moods
About Haystack Gallery
A Fine Art Gallery established in 1977, Haystack Gallery displays the artwork of over 75 Northwest, national and internationally recognized artists, covering a wide range of styles including original oils, acrylics and watercolors, bronze and metal sculptures, hand blown glass, limited and open edition giclées and lithographs.